Last post on Jan 06, 2012 at 9:26 PM
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Mazda MAZDA5, Car Safety, Van
#71 of 78 Winter tires FTW.
Apr 07, 2009 (12:22 pm)
If it was between spending an extra $500 on VSC or spending $500 on proper winter tires, I would choose proper winter tires. AWD, VSC, ABS, EBD, etc. is not an excuse not to wear winter rubber. Yes that's $500 every three or four years we have to spend but on my Corolla with nothing but EBD, my car was very capable throughout the winter. I've seen SUVs with all four technologies and they would just slide out of control regardless.
#72 of 78 2012 Mazda 5 awesome, including Stability & Traction Control
Dec 31, 2011 (3:20 pm)
It's been over a couple years since the last post and a lot has changed so I figured this Mazda5 Traction / Stability Control forum needed an update...
Our 2012 Mazda 5 GT is an incredible car in so many aspects and I am very impressed with it. One area of great satisfaction has been the Traction / Stability Control. The first time driving this car in snow was on a gravel driveway with five inches of snow. To experiment, I floored the gas and tried to spin the tires. They would not spin and the vehicle picked up speed and drove like it was on pavement. This was with the stock all-season tires, before putting on seasonal dedicated alloys and snow tires (it's good to use a narrower width for snow tires). I think the Traction / Stability Control adds a terrific safety measure and drives like an all wheel drive vehicle, but without the reduced gas mileage of an all wheel drive vehicle. Highly recommended vehicle.
#73 of 78 Re: Mazda5: No Traction/ Stability Control. Is this an issue? [cydwel]
Jan 05, 2012 (10:29 am)
Rather than buying a FWD or even a F/awd vehicle for use in inclimate weather, snow, ice, without TRACTION control why not just volunteer for testing electric execution chairs...??
#74 of 78 Re: DSC or TC [maltb]
Jan 05, 2012 (10:51 am)
You intentionally created a circumstance wherein DSC activated....
But what about instances wherein DSC activates unexpectedly, a bit of black ice just beyond the apex of that same turn...?
But more to your point....
Porsche has a bit of an answer, delay the activation of PSM's stability control just a tad to give the driver time to react in a corrective manner.
But then Porsche's are ALWAYS RWD, "base" RWD. Absent Trac/DSC how would a FWD or a F/awd driver, how COULD a driver react, react constructively even, to "plowing" once on that unseen, unseeable, patch of black ice...??
QUICK application of the rear implemented E-brake, maybe..??
#75 of 78 Re: DSC or TC [wwest]
Jan 05, 2012 (1:56 pm)
Take your meds and go to your room!
#76 of 78 Re: DSC or TC [bprenderson]
Jan 05, 2012 (7:42 pm)
I would, but she keeps hiding the Viagra.
#77 of 78 Re: DSC or TC [wwest]
Jan 06, 2012 (5:46 am)
You get the 2012 award for Great Witty Answers! I had to print that out for Buster, my husband. Thanks...
#78 of 78 Re: DSC or TC [bprenderson]
Jan 06, 2012 (9:26 pm)
You're quite welcome, but I couldn't have done it without my "straight" man, bp.